Monthly Archives: January 2011

Games related to our Learning!



Lemonade stand


Weather presentations!


Assalamu Allaykum dear parents,

The weather is certainly an interesting thing to talk about these days – and fits in with our Science, Media Literacy and Language subjects.

The children created seasonal pictures/ collages in class today as groups.

Tuesday and Wednesday, they will be presenting their season to the class. Students should bring clothing or items to school that are related to their season!

Ideas for items:

Summer – sunglasses; sun hat; baseball hats; beach ball

Spring – umbrella; raincoat; rainboots; shovel

Fall – rainboots; raincoat; sweaters; mittens

Winter –  what they’ve got in their lockers! :  )

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Reminder: Jump Math Workbooks! If you are interested in ordering, please return the slip tomorrow with your child’s homework insha’Allah!

Stay warm!

Tr. Amira

Weather photos for in-class project

Assalamu Allaykum dear Parents,

I pray you are all doing great.  El Hamdullilah we are having a great time discovering more information about weather, through math (seasons) and science (earth watch).

This week, we’d like to create an in-class project on the weather, so if you have any pictures from magazines, flyers or old calendars that you no longer need  please send it with your child right away!

Jazak’Allahu Kheiran!

Tr. Amira

Short Story Contest & Other reminders

Assalamu Allaykum dear parents and students,

Just wanted to let you know that el Hamdullilah ten of our students have passed the first round in the short story competition that we entered earlier in the first term (we had 18 students enter the contest, masha’Allah.  More than five hundred schools from across Canada submitted poetry and short stories.)

Those students would have received a congratulatory letter, along with other details in the mail.

The publishing company that runs the contest also sent us bookmarks to congratulate all of those students who participated. They encourage students whose short stories were not accepted to try again next year, insha’Allah. We should encourage all our students to always try their best, and to learn to accept disappointment (an important skill for children and adults alike!) May they all find much success in their lives!

At the end of June, our school will be notified if any of our first round winners have received any of the main prizes, insha’Allah. We wish everyone the best and pray that these sorts of contests will encourage our students to excel, and to aim high.

Jazak’Allahu Kheiran!

Brief reminders:

All students are required to have proper indoor shoes at school.

Hijabs should be white, blue, or black, or a combination of those colours, please!

Tomorrow is Toonie Tuesday – bring $2 and wear an outfit of your choice.

I have posted a link to an excellent reading website that some of you may know called starfall. Find it under useful Literacy links, with the “READING” title, or click here:


See you tomorrow Rainbow Explorers!

Assalamu Allaykum dear parents and students,

Insha’Allah we’ll be back to school on Monday, January 3rd. I look forward to seeing everyone and I pray that the break was fun and productive.

Here is a little article that I had found on the web sometime ago. I thought it would be something nice to share for the new year.


Tr. Amira

15 Tips to Raising Great Children

Children are easily influenced by their surroundings. These days, it is extremely difficult to expose our children to an ideal Islamic environment given the influences from media, friends and even other members of the family.

With television, radio, Internet and forms of media mostly touting un-Islamic values, it is up to parents and adults close to the children to set the correct example.

Here are some tips you may want to follow in helping your children grow up with Islamic values. 

  1. Start by teaching them the importance of Worshipping only Allah: The best thing any Muslim parent could ever teach their children is to emphasize, from the day they can comprehend, that Allah (swt) is One and no one is worthy of worship except Allah (swt). This is the fundamental message of our Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) and it is our key to Paradise.

2. Treat them kindly: Kindness begets kindness. If we were kind to our children, they in turn would show kindness to others. Our Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) was the best example in being kind to children.

3. Teach them examples of Muslim heroes: Instead of Batman or Superman, tell them about real heroes such as Abu Bakr, Umar ibn Khattab, Othman bin Affan, Ali bin Abi Talib and others. Tell them how Muslim leaders brought a real peaceful change in the world and won the hearts of Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

4. Let children sit with adults: It is preferable for children to be among adults, especially when listening to Islamic lectures. The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) would often put children in the front row when he spoke to the people.

5.Make them feel important: Consult them in family matters. Let them feel they are important members of the family and have a part to play in the growth and well being of the family.

6. Go out as a family: Take family trips rather than allowing your children to always go out only with their friends. Let your children be around family and friends from whom you want them to pick up their values. Always remember that your children will become who they are around with most of the time. So, watch their company and above all give them YOUR company.

7. Praise them: Praise is a powerful tool with children, especially in front of others. Children feel a sense of pride when their parents’ praise them and will be keen to perform other good deeds. However, praise must be limited to Islamic deeds and deeds of moral value.

8. Avoid humiliation: Similarly, do not humiliate them in front of others. Children make mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes occur in their efforts to please the parents. If you are unhappy with your children, tell them in private.

9. Sports: The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) encouraged sports such as swimming, running and horse riding. Other sports that build character and physical strength are also recommended, as long as the children maintain their Islamic identity, wear appropriate clothes and do not engage in unnecessary mixing.

10. Responsibility: Have faith in their abilities to perform tasks. Give them chores to do in line with their age. Convince them that they are performing an important function and you will find them eager to help you out again.

11. Don’t spoil them: Children are easily spoiled. If they receive everything they ask for, they will expect you to oblige on every occasion. Be wise in what you buy for them. Avoid extravagance and unnecessary luxuries. Take them to an orphanage or poor area of your city once in a while so they can see how privileged they are.

12Don’t be friends: It is common in the West for parents to consider their children as friends. In Islam, it doesn’t work that way. If you have ever heard how friends talk to each other, then you will know that this is not how a parent-child relationship should be. You are the parents, and they should respect you, and this is what you should be teaching them. The friendship part should be limited to you and them keeping an open dialog so they can share their concerns with you and ask you questions when they have any.

13. Pray with them: Involve them in acts of worship. When they are young, let them see you in act of salaah (salat). Soon, they would be trying to imitate you. Wake them up for Fajr and pray as a family. Talk to them about the rewards of salaah so that it doesn’t feel like a burden to them.

14. Emphasize halaal: It is not always good to say “this is haraam, that is haraam”. While you must educate them on haraam things, Islam is full of halaal and tell your children to thank Allah (swt) for the bounties He has bestowed on them- not just for food and clothes. Tell them to be thankful for having eyes that see, ears that hear, arms and legs and, the ultimate blessing, Islam in their hearts.

15Set an example: As parents, you are the best example the children can have. If you talk to your parents rudely, expect your children to do the same to you. If you are disrespectful to others, your children will follow too. Islam is filled with Divine advice on the best ways to bring up your children. That makes it an obligation upon parents to be good Muslims so their children will try to emulate them. If you don’t take Islam seriously, neither will your children. It goes back to our third point, which is to give them Islamic heroes. As a parent, you should be their number one hero.

Excellent Books on Raising Children

2010 in review

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